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Poll: Do you use a special or especially expensive keyboard for work?
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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:14
Member (2011)
French to English
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No, but I have thought about it Sep 27, 2017

I have in the past pondered getting a special keyboard with all the foreign letters with accents to make it easier to type emails to my clients in the source languages, but I have never actually got round to buying one.

 

Leticia Klemetz, CT  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 13:14
Swedish to Spanish
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Split Keyboard Sep 27, 2017

Microsoft split keyboard. Has helped my tendency to tendonitis. Love it! (not the mouse though, that I had to purchase together with it). And there's not so many other similar alternatives so I guess when this one breaks, I'll get the same one again, hope they don't stop making them.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 20:14
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes Sep 27, 2017

'Special' for me but not expensive

Most of the keyboards available here in Japan have a short space bar because it is hardly used in Japanese word processing. When I last went shopping for one, I found a whole stack of keyboards of a type with a reasonably long space bar going for a song. So, I bought eight as I know I would get through them pretty quick with the amount of word crunching I do. I am currently on the second one.

Definition of a 'space bar' - somewhere where astronauts go to relax. icon_biggrin.gif


 

Max Deryagin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 16:14
Member (2013)
English to Russian
Yep Sep 27, 2017

I'm using a Corsair Strafe RGB Silent, which is pretty expensive but worth every last cent. It's a mechanical keyboard that feels a bit like a typewriter, so when you type it has a nice tactile feedback and cool sound to it. Plus, it has powerful software that allows you to remap keys, create macros and set backlighting for different profiles, which works great for when you need to switch from one subtitling tool to another without needing to memorize all the different shortcuts.

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 13:14
Member (2006)
German to English
Nope Sep 27, 2017

Just a bog standard QWERZ keyboard, obviuos withspecial characters for German, but other than that, I could not see the need for anything "special"

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 12:14
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Sep 27, 2017

I’ve had the same old Compaq azerty keyboard for ages…

 

Connected Trans  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:14
Member (2017)
Chinese to English
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No, but... Sep 27, 2017

I use a standard QWERTY keyboard but with the EurKey layout so that I can type in multiple languages (and Rime for Chinese input).

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 13:14
Spanish to English
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No Sep 27, 2017

I bought a new PC screen a couple of months ago, and last week my friend got a new all-in-one PC, so she gave me her old keyboard and screen, so I now have 4 spare "normal" keyboards and one extra screen in case anyone ever needs one.

 

Taha Shoeb
India
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Member (2016)
Arabic to English
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Yes - several Sep 27, 2017

I use ONLY MECHANICAL KEYBOARDS

And you should too.

Typing on a regular membrane keyboard is highly damaging to your fingers.

Mechanical keyboards are different. I use three. One has Cherry MX Blues: tactile and clicky, my most recent keyboard is a HyperX Alloy that uses MX Browns: tactile but silent.

Just for the sake of it I purchased a non Cherry keyboard having Kailh switches but that turned out to be good too.

USE MECHANICAL KEYBOARDS


 

Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:14
Spanish to English
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Microsoft natural keyboard Sep 27, 2017

Leticia Klemetz, CT wrote:

Microsoft split keyboard. Has helped my tendency to tendonitis. Love it! (not the mouse though, that I had to purchase together with it). And there's not so many other similar alternatives so I guess when this one breaks, I'll get the same one again, hope they don't stop making them.


Me too Leticia. I have a massive preference for this one over more standard keyboards. It is a lot more comfortable for me. I also use two mice, one for my right hand and one for my left, to give my arms and wrists a break.


 

Nilton Junior  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 08:14
Member (2009)
English to Portuguese
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Cooler Master Trigger-Z Sep 27, 2017

I have been using a mechanical keyboard (brown switches) for the past 3 years and I couldn't be any happier. The only downside is that full-sized keyboards that follow the Brazilian standard are limited to a few options, so it is not like I had much of a choice.

My wrists would usually kill me after several long days of work in a row before the current keyboard, but now I barely feel anything. Over the years, I learned it pays off to spend more in items you use constantly. My monitor, keyboard, mouse and office chair were all worth their superior price ranges.

[Quick side note: expensive does not always equal good. Make sure to do your research]


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 13:14
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Yes and no Sep 27, 2017

I consider it normal, but it is an ancient IBM keyboard that has proved very robust. It resists my hard treatment and has lasted for years. Others do not resist so much, and I find my fingers skating all over the place... My laptop is not too bad, but not as good as the old IBM at home. I think we have a spare one somewhere, but they probably don't make 'em quite like that any more.

Apart from that, it is an adapted QWERTY with the three extra Danish vowels - Å to the right of P and Æ, Ø to the right of L. The punctuation signs other people expect there are in different places, of course.

@ is at the top with 2, and there are other variations that keep English friends from borrowing my computer, but that is fine by me!

As Danish keyboards go, it is standard.


 

Axelle H.  Identity Verified
Member (2017)
English to French
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No .. Sep 27, 2017

Because it must be waterproof ( coffee, water etc..), not sure to find THE one I needicon_wink.gif

 

Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:14
Member (2011)
Russian to English
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Not currently Sep 27, 2017

I have a little button in the corner of my screen which lets me switch between English and Russian keyboard layouts. Currently I have little stickers on the keys so that I know where the Cyrillic letters are, but some of the letters wore out very quickly, leaving me guessing as I type. I'm wondering whether investing in an actual Cyrillic keyboard might be a good idea. Or perhaps I should just learn to touch-type in Russian...

 
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